Now more than ever, cities are competing for talent...and the places with the best neighborhoods, arts and entertainment, walkable streets and engaged communities are winning. Created in 2009, MHCP COLAB focuses on making cities better by promoting these elements for public and private clients. 


Melissa Hege


Founder and Principal Melissa Hege is a certified planner with a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has 22 years of experience practicing planning in South Florida and nationally and is a recent graduate of the Urban Land Institute's Leadership Institute.


Work includes extensive experience in community outreach, online engagement, land use and zoning policy, master plan and redevelopment, multi-agency partnerships, funding solutions, contract negotiations.


Matthew Hege


Director of Communications and Public Relations with 22 years of experience practicing in South Florida, New York City and London. 


Clients services include extensive and ongoing PR campaigns, community awareness, engagement and strategic communications ongoing for current PR and Urban Planning projects. Business analysis and financial projections are utilized by a strong business background and MBA degree.


Expertise include communication strategy, public relations,  analysis and modeling, audience awareness, media relations, content producing along with media development and distribution strategy.

Matt executive produced and created Emmy Award winning Broadway Profiles, a nationally syndicated television show which debuted on Public Television and now airs nationally on affiliate broadcast and cable television markets. 



Miami Dade County:

SBE Goods + Services



State of Florida:




American Institute of Certified Planners


Professional Associations

American Planning Association

Urban Land Institute

Florida Public Relations Association


Public Relations Society of America


Awards​ + Grants


Health Foundation of South Florida 2019, Little Havana Pedestrian Priority Zone Grant Recipient


Public Space Challenge Winner 2016 Miami Baywalk Pop-up​

Award of Excellence 2008, West Palm Beach Downtown Master Plan + Zoning, Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association



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